Unless you have a very severe case of
atrial fibrillation, you should not have to alter your
daily activities. But ask your doctor about the risk of making your
arrhythmia worse before you engage in a strenuous activity. It is particularly
important to discuss any new workout program or participation in competitive
sports with your doctor before you begin.
The table below describes some of the ways your life may be affected
by your arrhythmia. Although some of these effects may only apply if you have
extremely severe atrial fibrillation, you should certainly seek medical advice
if you are concerned about your health for any reason.
The heart has four areas, or chambers. During each heartbeat, the two upper chambers (atria) contract, followed by the two lower chambers (ventricles). This is directed by the heart's electrical system.
The electrical impulse begins in an area called the sinus node, located in the right atrium. When the sinus node fires, an impulse of electrical activity spreads through the right and left atria, causing them to contract, forcing blood into the ventricles.
Then the electrical impulses travel in...